Daily Blog — This week in the studio
More work on those Rembrandt Selfies in the Portrait Painting class at ActonArt!
From the Foundations classes at ActonArt this week: more Koala!
The intermediate level students are using black ink pens to find the fur texture of these fuzzy creatures.
From the Mixed Media class at ActonArt: drypoint on plexiglass.
Unlike “true” etching - which requires acid, yikes - drypoint on plexiglass is safer and easier to do. This first step has students sketching their desired design on the plexi and then scratching at various depths and amounts to create more spaces to catch the ink for the next step: printing!
This week in the Foundations classes, ActonArt students are drawing Koalas!
These deceivingly cute critters are marsupials, and provided an excellent lesson on texture with markers and pen.
Remember those two-color paintings from the Intro to Painting class at ActonArt? They’ve been glazed!
Originally, these paintings of fruit were done with just two colors plus white - adding thin, transparent layers of glaze has added so much depth and range of color. These paintings look amazing!
In ActonArt’s Faces Features Figures class, students were looking at hair!
Drawing hair can often devolve into “spaghetti” hair that is drawn strand by strand - this typically gives the feeling of rough doll-like hair. By discussing how hair grows on the scalp, students got a better understanding of why hair clumps and falls like it does.
More Choice projects from the Foundation classes at ActonArt - we’ll see you next week for the start of the spring trimester!
In the Creative Drawing classes, students at ActonArt had to use both their ears and their brains!
After talking about symbolism and how to make the subject have the mood and feeling the artist is going for, the students were read a descriptive paragraph. After listening carefully and taking notes on what they heard, they then had to draw their interpretation of the image!
Welcome to Choice week in the Foundation classes at ActonArt!
Choice week is when we take a look at the skills the students are learning by asking them to do a more self-guided drawing - in the Beginners and Basic A classes, students are constructing base-shape monsters by starting with a body shape, then adding appendages, facial features and more. They need to follow directions but also be creative and make their own choices!
In the Basic B and Intermediate level classes, students must wisely and carefully choose between dozen of reference photos for their own drawing. Selecting something they have an understanding of how to draw and they can also complete in an hour, they then must tackle the image with base shapes, point to point drawing or any other method they’ve learned at ActonArt.
The Manga classes at ActonArt are getting in on some comic action!
These “exquisite corpse” comics are started by one student who completes the first panel, then passed to the next student to continue the story.